Sunday, August 15, 2010
Eat Pray Love: A movie review in conversation
at 9:37 PM
Gentleman Jack: I'm just gonna say it straight out: I hate that Eat Pray Love movie. I hate that book.
T: Why would you say that? That's not very nice! I love that book. The movie was disappointing to me. There's no way it could capture how the book moved me. That book changed my life!
GJ: See? That's what I mean. That book did not change your life. YOU changed your life! Ever since we got out of that movie last night, you've been all up in your head. You're irritable, angry and pushing me away. I feel like you're resenting everything. I really think you were expecting it to inspire you, or move you... and it didn't. You were saying that so many women were doing the same traveling as she did so they would feel inspired, right? You did the same thing! You had high expectations that you would have some holy out-of-body experience. Well, I have news for you - It's not your life, it's hers. It's not a how-to novel, it's her experience. You have to have your own life, your own experience and not try to be or live life like anyone else.
T: *sigh* You're right. That's exactly what I did. I did have very high expectations of the movie and I didn't even realize it until the movie was over and I felt let down. And the most ironic part of all is that the whole point of the book and movie was that inspiration comes from inside of you not outside of you....
GJ: Baby, I know that you've been feeling uninspired lately. And I've also figured out that you feel trapped sometimes in this single mom situation. I can tell that you want to escape it, be free and live your life as some grand adventure. I know this and I'm so sorry that I can't help you with that. But you know what? You're the one who taught me to look at the beauty right in front of me. You're the one who's not looking at this moment, right now and seeing the perfection. You're being ungrateful for all of the blessings in your life. If it's because of that movie or that book that you're not happy right here where you are, then yes, I hate it.
T: You know why I taught you that? So that you could remind me in times like this. Thank you so much, my love. I have no idea why you put up with me....